By Mark Clark
When LaGrange College women’s basketball coach Lee Buchanan finished his fifth season as the leader of the West Georgia school, he knew what he needed to help improve his squad. He thinks he has found that player in Central High’s Kayla Davis.
Davis signed with the Division III college program last week in a ceremony in Central High’s auditorium.
“She visited and worked out for us. We see her as a slashing guard. She shoots the jump shot over her head. She has good speed. I think she will be a good player at the next level. She fills a spot that we needed to fill. We had a need for guards, but we really needed Kayla for more reasons than that,” Buchanan said.
Buchanan said when he evaluates a player; he uses the A-B-C method. If a potential player can meet the ideals required by the method, he wants to recruit that player.
“When I recruit, I think about the A-B-C method. We want players with A, academic ability. We want players with B, basketball ability. We want players with C, great character. Kayla meets all three of those requirements. She represents well on and off the court,” Buchanan said.
LaGrange College is a Division III school in the USA South Conference. In each of the past five years, Buchanan’s teams have competed to be among the top two or three teams in the conference. The school’s success was one of the reasons Davis chose LaGrange College, but it was not the only reason.
“The coaches made me feel welcome. They told me they wanted me and needed me. They say I can make a difference every game for them. It is a big relief to get the recruiting over with and sign today. I am looking forward to playing for them,” Davis said.
Davis said her hard work had paid off by earning the scholarship. She credited her family, friends and coaches for helping her see the opportunity to play college basketball come about.
“Kayla is going to do well for LaGrange College. They are getting a very good basketball player and a very good person. She worked hard this past season. She had to play inside for us, but will play guard for them. I think it is a good fit,” Central coach Carolyn Wright said.